Paul and Margaret Neville, getting a massive cheer from the volunteers and staff after being re-elected Federal Member for Hinkler.
Paul and Margaret Neville, getting a massive cheer from the volunteers and staff after being re-elected Federal Member for Hinkler. Scottie Simmonds

Bundy backs LNP as Labor crashes

SATURDAY was the Night of the Long Knives for the Labor Party across Australia, and sitting Member for Hinkler Paul Neville did not spare his opponents in the seat any of the pain.

As Labor seats fell to the LNP and Independents, Mr Neville opened up a huge lead on second-placed ALP opponent Belinda McNeven.

With postal votes still to be counted in the seat, Mr Neville had taken 60.07% of the vote on a two-party preferred basis by last night.

His domination was so complete that three of his opponents, Family First’s Trevor Versace and Independents Adrian Wone and Cy d’Oliveira, fell short of the 4% vote share needed to get their deposits back.

In Flynn, LNP candidate Ken O’Dowd wrested the seat from sitting Labor member Chris Trevor after a relatively close race throughout much of counting.

By last night, Mr O’Dowd had taken 51.51% of the two-party preferred vote.

The local LNP victories came as voters across Australia registered their displeasure at the ballot box with the Labor Party’s first-term government.

Both the LNP and the Labor Party started talks yesterday with the Independents and the Greens candidate, who had won a seat in the election, in a bid to form government.

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